Lights Out for bird migration

Effective now through Wednesday, Nov. 30, all non-essential lighting in city facilities will be turned off between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

A blue and red Painted Bunting in a tree at Dix Park.

A male Painted Bunting in Dix Park.

Photo by RALtoday

As billions of birds migrate south over cityscapes at night, they can become disoriented by artificial lights, causing them to collide with buildings or windows. Lights Out is a national initiative which helps provide a safe passage for nighttime migrants.

The City of Raleigh participates in the program twice a year in an effort to protect migrating birds. From now until Wednesday, Nov. 30, all non-essential lighting in city facilities will be turned off between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Bonus: This also reduces energy consumption.

Good news — you can help, too:

  • Turn off the lights outside of your home when not in use.
  • Close blinds and curtains at home and at your office.
  • Ask your employer to turn out exterior upward-facing lights, as well as interior office lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
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